Keep your feet healthy and they’d be happy and thank you.

The human foot is a delicate assembly of 26 bones — a quarter of all the bones in your body. But between squeezing your feet into high-heeled pumps or wearing sandals that offer little support or shock absorption, it’s not unusual for a woman’s feet to be mistreated. As a result, women often complain about foot pain. Fortunately, there are many ways to correct and prevent common foot problems.

  • Do not ignore foot pain. See a podiatrist if any pain persists.
  • Wash feet regularly and dry them thoroughly, especially between your toes.
  • Buy shoes that fit right. Avoid flimsy sandals with insufficient support as well as heels more than 2 inches high.
  • Limit the time you wear high heels, and alternate them with more comfortable, flat shoes.

Holmes emphasizes that when it comes to getting shoes that fit well, women need to know that their foot size and shape can change over time as well as with weight changes. In general, feet get bigger over time, but they can get smaller if you lose weight. In addition, arthritis and trauma could change your foot size, as can pregnancy.

If you have a foot condition, seek medical advice.

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